Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #490 -- Yasiel Puig's Walk-Off


Here's another in a long line of Dodgers' 2017 Topps Now Walk-Off Baseball cards. This time it features Yasiel Puig -- who whacked a game-winning two-run double to left-center to win last nights game, 5-4. Go here to check it out and order.

2017 Topps Clearly Authentic - All the Dodgers Cards

The newest Topps Baseball card product has just hit stores. It is called Topps Clearly Authentic and it features cards made of acetate, instead of cardboard. As you may know, this means the cards are transparent. (I know it's hard to tell in the pics, but I promise you they are see-through) Go here for a complete checklist. There is no base set to chase after -- every card available is autographed (on-card).

Below are all of the Dodger cards available. Only the Julio Urias card comes with a redemption card. The obviously key card here is the 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax reprint autographed card. You can see that at the very bottom.

Autographs

  • #CAAU-JU Julio Urias -- redemption card
#CAAU-AT Andrew Toles

Blog Kiosk: 8/17/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


This time it's Puig.

Last night the Dodgers recorded their eighth walk-off win when trailing into the last frame of the game, and this time Yasiel Puig was the one who put in the final nail. With two on he hit a blistering liner that went to the left-centerfield wall. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“You never want to use superlatives with players, but I think that Yasiel cares as much as anyone, or more than anyone, as far as wanting to be the guy and his care and his try,” said manager Dave Roberts.
On another note, Yu Darvish exited the game after the sixth inning due to some advice from our ace. Per ESPN:
"Between innings, I talked to Kershaw, and he asked me, 'How do you feel?' '' Darvish said through an interpreter. "I told him, 'I feel something in my back,' and he said, 'We need you really bad in six weeks.' 
Photo above of Yasiel Puig via @Dodgers/ Jon SooHoo on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1982 the Dodgers and Cubs played a 17 inning game that was temporarily halted at a tie, 1-1, because of darkness (this was before Wrigley Field had lights). The next day they begin where they left off. The Dodgers would eventually win on a sacrifice fly by Dusty Baker in the 21st inning. In 1992 Dodgers hurler Kevin Gross no-hit the Giants at Dodger Stadium, 2-0. Watch the last out of the game, as called by Vin Scully, here. Per a NY Times article:
"The later it got, the more the adrenaline started pumping," Gross said. "It was just a blur when that last out was made."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Dodger Photographer Jon SooHoo

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.
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Blog Kiosk: 8/16/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Last night, the Blue Crew held off the White Sox until the inevitable rally began. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“Kind of a weird night,” Wood said. “I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff. We made some (good) pitches. It’s a kind of an interesting dynamic became they’re one of the most aggressive teams in all of baseball, so it was a lot more of my secondary stuff, and I feel like we were able to command that for the most part and made some pitches and they put the ball on the ground and in the air. … I just had to hold us in there till we got that offensive explosion.”
Soon, a bases loaded hit-by-pitch drives in the go-ahead run and opened a floodgate that eventually lead to four more runs crossing the plate.

Oh... And where 50 games over .500... Let that sink in for a bit...

Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1950 Giants third baseman Hank Thompson hit two inside-the-park home runs off Dodger pitchers Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine at the Polo Grounds. Brooklyn got pummelled 16-7. In 1964 Cardinals great Curt Flood recorded eight consecutive hits against the Dodgers during a doubleheader in Los Angeles; including four hit against Sandy Koufax. Unfortunately, Koufax injured his elbow while on the basepaths and would not pitch again this season. In 1988 the Dodgers traded fan favorite Pedro Guerrero to the Cardinals for starting pitcher John Tudor. This move would prove to be an impactful one. I nine starts Tudor would solidify the rotation by going 4-3 with an 2.41 ERA and 3.36 FIP.
  • Happy Birthday, Hub NorthenBilly RhielRoger CedenoYu Darvish!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More Dodgers Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions


A couple weeks ago I highlighted an original Norman Rockwell drawing featuring the Dodgers that is currently on auction at Heritage. With just days before the end of that sale I thought I would point to a some more Dodger memorabilia that I thought were cool.

For instance, check out the above twenty-one-pound slab of Italian white marble above. (auction link) As you likely guessed, it once resided in the Brooklyn Dodgers former home, Ebbets Field, and it's story about how it still exist is fascinating. Per the auction description:
Before a wrecking ball--painted at the whim of a dark humorist with the white hide and red stitching of a baseball--swung the more dramatic blows in wiping the Dodgers off Brooklyn's map, any contents of monetary value were salvaged. Seats were unbolted and hawked for five dollars each. Discarded bats and photos were sold at auction. And, as the exterior walls of the grandstands fell, the valuable white marble of the rotunda was carted off and repurposed in the Tri-State area's inexhaustible rush of progress.